Try the “eroded monochromatic” technique that CND’s Candice Manacchio used at Alexander Wang: Apply your preferred shade (hers was taupe on the catwalk; we also like a metallic gray or green), followed by a regular topcoat to seal it. Then take the rough side of a buffer and slough off the shine.
(CND Glossing Block, $7 and Vinylux nail polish in Impossibly Plush, $10; cnd.com for salons.)Read MoreLess
Matte Everything! The Lipsticks, Nail Polishes, and Foundations To Nail The Trend